Environmental Benefits of Trees
The presence of a tree benefits the surrounding areas in a variety of ways, from flood control to symbiosis with other plants and animals. The environmental benefits of trees make them great additions to most natural landscapes.
Trees are great at preventing flooding and deep soil erosion in environments with heavy water flow or rainfall. The presence of wood and roots catch and slow down debris and soil from washing away without interference. The structure of the tree and its root system act as a natural barrier, catching and slowing down the movement or mud, water, and particles. An additional bonus that comes with this is that the tree can then utilize the nutrients of the silt and other natural particles it caught to continue growing.
Trees provide shade for grasses, their leaves, when they fall, create a mulch or fertilizer that benefits other plants, and the wood can act as an attaching home for various types of moss and fungi.
Trees are also naturally beneficial to wildlife as well, acting as a home for a wide variety of mammals, birds, and even reptiles, depending on the type of tree and the part of the world the tree is located. The attraction of these creatures creates a triangle of benefits to the other surrounding plants. The animals, plants, and trees help each other in symbiosis.